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Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Definitions for spurious

  1. Not proceeding from the true or claimed source; not genuine; false.
  2. Of illegitimate birth.

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Citations for spurious
Some of these graves are clearly spurious and were manufactured by nineteenth-century royalists who wanted evidence of an unbroken 2,000-year-old imperial line. Gale Eisenstodt, The Atlantic
We need at least to separate the real issue from the spurious. Eugene D. Genovese, The Atlantic
Origin of spurious
1590-1600
Spurious comes from Latin spurius, "illegitimate, hence false, inauthentic."